Crowd celebrates Big 4 Bridge dedication

IMG_6377Wednesday was a monumental day for the Kentucky-Indiana region as the Big 4 Bridge was officially opened. Although the Louisville side has been open since February of 2013, construction of the Jeffersonville side just finished last week, allowing for pedestrians to make their way across the entire bridge.

The historical occasion was celebrated on the bridge Wednesday afternoon as both sides paraded to the middle of the bridge. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear led the parade from the Louisville end. They were met by dozens of pedestrians from the Indiana side of the river, who were led by Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

Hundreds of Kentucky and Indiana walkers and bikers joined to witness the official re-dedication of the bridge as Gov. Beshear, Fischer and Moore expressed their appreciation for the bridge’s opening.

Moore noted Jeffersonville has already benefited from the bridge’s opening. Restaurants and businesses have seen an increase in sales since pedestrians started using the bridge just over a week ago.

The Big 4 Bridge totals one mile from the bottom of each ramp and is open to pedestrians 24/7.

Make sure you take the opportunity to enjoy a stroll over the river and celebrate our region’s connection.